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Juan Pablo Montoya, of fiery jet dryer crashing fame, has signed on to run in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Team Penske and Acura Motorsports. He joins sports car champion Dane Cameron in the newly created Acura Daytona Prototype International program.


Roger Penske said about the two drivers,

“Having Juan and Dane join our program brings together two drivers that have extensive sports car racing experience in the prototype class and have already won at the top levels of the sport. This represents a great beginning to our program for 2018.”

The Colombian driver has been racing in Indycar for the past four seasons after leaving NASCAR in 2013.

While his time in NASCAR was a disappointment by Montoya’s standards, his bona fides can’t be argued. Via NASCAR.com:

He is the only driver to win an INDYCAR championship, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Daytona, all in his first attempt. He is also a former winner of one of the most prestigious races in the world – Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix. Montoya and legendary racers Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney are the only drivers that can boast wins in Formula 1, INDYCAR and NASCAR.

When you can be mentioned in the same sentence as Mario Andretti and Dan Gurney, you know you are doing something right. It’s just a shame he will be remembered in NASCAR circles for inexplicably running into a giant jet engine on a truck.

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Juan Pablo Montoya gets a ride with Team Penske for 2018 Sarah Crabill/Getty Images
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Anthony Brown's crowning achievements are rebuilding a $500 Honda VFR and getting rid of his wife's beige Camry. He has owned nine cars in the last ten years, none of them automatic.
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